Camavinga: “My last performances in the France team were not necessarily in my favor”

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Camavinga: “My last performances in the France team were not necessarily in my favor”

“You have been involved in Christopher Nkunku’s injury in Clairefontaine and insulted on social networks following his package. How did you experience this?
These are not easy times. These are bad people talking. We are inevitably criticized.

What do you think of Australia (first opponent of the Blues)?
If they are at the World Cup, it is because they are a good team. We have not yet fully studied them with coach. Four years ago, it had been a difficult match for the France team. The coach warned us. There were also very hot weather in Russia.

“I’m here to come in and scratch as much playing time as possible”

You arrived very early in the France team and then we didn’t see you again for a while. How did you experience those ups and then those downs?
My last performances in the France team were not necessarily in my favor. I was more determined in club to come back. Today, I’m here, in the World Cup, and very happy to be there. This World Cup is very important for everyone. I live my performances on the moment “T”. Currently it is the France team. I focus on that. After that, it will be Real Madrid again.

There are a lot of young people at this World Cup. Is it time to take power in the France team?
We must have at heart to show what we are worth. We are the new generation. Even if there are still a lot of experienced players, we have to show that we deserve to be there. If the coach needs me as a central defender, as a left-back or a striker, I will go. But my privileged position is in number 6. When the coach brings me in, I’m there to help the team as much as possible and to be efficient. I’m not here to just shine in a “supersub” role. I’m here to come in and scrape as much playing time as possible.

“It’s a childhood dream to be in the France team and to do a World Cup. I’m happy to be here. I want to make the most of it”

Feel that Kylian Mbappé has pressure and maybe more with Karim Benzema’s package?
He is used to receiving this pressure. He looks at ease and serene. I don’t worry about him.

How do you view your development at Real Madrid?
The most important thing is to play as many matches as possible. There are beautiful people in front of me. The most important thing is to keep learning. You have to be continuous. All was not rosy. But the most important thing is to have returned to the France team. I have to accumulate experience with playing time.

Olivier Giroud will normally replace Karim Benzema at the top. How do you see his style?
Olivier and Karim have two different styles. These are two different approaches. You have to play with the qualities of everyone when they are on the pitch.

Many of your colleagues say that your temperament is jovial and that you set a good atmosphere…
I feel comfortable in this group. There are a lot of young people. But I am myself. I am someone who likes to laugh and who smiles at life. It’s a childhood dream to be in the France team and to compete in the World Cup. I’m happy to be here. I want to make the most of it. And I’m already excited about the Australia game.”

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